DA has all the ingredients of factional politics - Karima Brown

While the African National Congress (ANC) says a public spat between Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Mayoral Committee Member JP Smith is a clear indication of factionalism in the Democratic Alliance (DA), political analyst Karima Brown suggests much of the infighting has to do with a leadership battle.

De Lille and Smith have been placed on special leave from DA activities in the Cape metro.

Tensions boiled over when Smith questioned the shutting down of the City of Cape Town’s Special Investigating Unit as well as alleged irregularities to renovations done at De Lille’s house.

As much as it has to do with establishing what the facts are around whether upgrades were made at De Lille's house with public funds, it also has to do with the leadership battle in the DA...

Karima Brown, political analyst

And then of course there is residual issues, remember the DA is is an amalgamation of the independent democrats of which Patricia de Lille was a founding member, and of course underpinnings of racial tensions within the party.

Karima Brown, political analyst

All the ingredients of what we determine as the drivers of factional politics in political parties, visiting the Democratic Alliance this time around.

Karima Brown, political analyst

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio...


This article first appeared on 702 : DA has all the ingredients of factional politics - Karima Brown


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
It's chicken for Joburgers and Durbanites, but what do Capetonians feast on?

It's chicken for Joburgers and Durbanites, but what do Capetonians feast on?

Stephen Grootes spoke to founder and CEO of OrderIn to find out more about South African's eating habits.

Steinhoff must reveal financials and it's board and JSE must act - expert

Steinhoff must reveal financials and it's board and JSE must act - expert

Companies associated with Steinhoff chairperson and CEO Christo Wiese lost as much as R282 billion last week.

'Radical economic transformation is needed to address access to capital'

'Radical economic transformation is needed to address access to capital'

Minister Lindiwe Zulu joined Stephen Grootes on-air to talk about what more is needed to support SMME's.

Words you will hear today:  Special leave

Words you will hear today: Special leave

Producer Jonathan Fairbairn looks at what it really means to be placed on 'special leave'.

De Lille, Smith spat could threaten public confidence in DA, warns Tony Leon

De Lille, Smith spat could threaten public confidence in DA, warns Tony Leon

Ex DA leader Tony Leon says the party's reputation of good governance and sound management faces the threat of being tarnished.

DA places Patricia de Lille and JP Smith on special leave

DA places Patricia de Lille and JP Smith on special leave

The strained relationship between them has resulted in the DA placing the pair on special leave pertaining only to party duties.

Popular articles
Lessons from the spectacular collapse of Steinhoff (e.g. diversity matters)

Lessons from the spectacular collapse of Steinhoff (e.g. diversity matters)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Gordon Institute of Business Science Dean (and marketing expert) Professor Nicola Kleyn.

Number of South Africans visiting the seaside has dropped

Number of South Africans visiting the seaside has dropped

Fedhasa's CEO is encouraging South Africans to take a look at the specials that are currently out there and make their bookings.

Casac to challenge Zuma's appeal of Abrahams High Court order

Casac to challenge Zuma's appeal of Abrahams High Court order

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will appeal a High Court order that its head Shaun Abrahams leave office.

Instead of investigating state capture they are investigating me - Jacques Pauw

Instead of investigating state capture they are investigating me - Jacques Pauw

Journalist and author Jaques Pauw says he doesn't understand why he being investigated and summoned to appear before police.

 Metrorail central line trains suspended due to vandalism

Metrorail central line trains suspended due to vandalism

Metrorail regional manager, Richard Walker says criminals are making it hard for them to operate in the area.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.